West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter February 28, 2018 
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#LetsTalkBusiness - with Mayor Mike 
An Evening with Mayor Michael Smith and the business community 

Wednesday, March 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club
5854 Marine Drive 

Join us for the West Vancouver Chamber’s annual Conversation with our Mayor.  Mayor Michael Smith will join in a candid conversation with the business community, including plans for the future, the importance of the October 2018 election, what the issues are, and more.

Be there to hear Mayor Mike and ask your most candid questions. It’s your opportunity to hear what our future is about – with great wine, great food, in great company.  Be there and bring your questions! And your business cards!

West Vancouver Chamber Members $50
Non-members $70
*+ GST.  Ticket includes appetizers, one drink of wine or beer. Cash bar.

Presenting Sponsor
Maison Senior Living/ Milliken Developments


Business Group Sponsors

Venue Sponsor

West Vancouver Yacht Club

Tickets - Event with Mayor Smith

Excellence Awards 2018 – Call for Nominations!

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is proud to present, the 2018 Excellence Awards celebrating our local Citizens and Business Community

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Nominate your favourite business; nominate your own business! Let's celebrate the best in our community.
And... let us promote the business!
We look forward to receiving your nomination form. 

We have 6 exciting categories that you can nominate an outstanding business or individual for:

Citizen of the Year
Rising Star – Young Entrepreneur
New Business of the Year
Best Small Business of the Year
Best Medium Business of the Year
Business Leadership Award

Click here to be directed to our Calendar page with Excellence Awards 2018 NOMINATIONS FORMS:

NOMINATIONS OPEN: February 5, 2018

NOMINATIONS CLOSE: March 9, 2018  

The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards Celebration gala takes place Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Hollyburn Country Club.


Breakfast Meeting

New Economic Development Plan Report
District of West Vancouver

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 am
Hollyburn Country Club
950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver

Topic: District of West Vancouver’s New Economic Development Plan: Highlights from the Report  

Join Nina Leemhuis, Chief Administrative Officer and Stephen Mikicich, Manager of Economic Development, as they present the District of West Vancouver’s Economic Development Plan.  This work was initiated in early 2016, and has included nearly two years of research, stakeholder engagement, academic and other working partnerships, and strategy development.

The Plan speaks to West Vancouver’s resilience challenges, the District’s role in economic development, and its community partnership model.  The Plan presents three comprehensive strategies for growing and diversifying our local economy.  Bring your questions!



Tickets include breakfast, juices, coffee/tea
West Vancouver Chamber members: $27
Non-members: $35 

Breakfast Tickets - Economic Development Plan

Canadian Chamber - Federal Budget 2018 Analysis

For analysis by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on the Federal Budget 2018 announced yesterday,  CLICK HERE


RRSP Deadline tomorrow at 11:59 pm!
Tips from Chamber member & Community Partner Lloyd Rutledge TD Wealth Management 

The 2017 RRSP contributions deadline is 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2018. Also, 2018 TFSA contribution room was made available on January 1, 2018. For your reference, we have put together the following Quick Facts about Registered Retirement Savings Plans and Tax Free Savings Plans.

Quick Facts about RRSPs:
  • Your allowable RRSP contribution for the current year is the lower of: 
    • 18% of your earned income from the previous year, or 
    • The maximum annual contribution limit for the taxation year, or 
    • The remaining limit after any company sponsored pension plan contributions.
  • Your contribution limit for 2017 can be found on your Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for 2016. 
  • The maximum annual contribution limit is $26,010 for 2017.
  • Contributions are deductible against your income for Canadian income tax purposes, subject to your contribution limit, and are not taxed until you withdraw them as needed during retirement (ideally at a lower tax rate). Withdrawals can be made at any time, not just during retirement.
  • You may contribute to your RRSP until December 31 of the year in which you reach age 71.
  • Contributions made during the first 60 days of 2018 can be used for the current or previous tax year.
Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA's)
  • You may contribute $5,500 to your TFSA for 2018 and total contribution room since inception is now $57,500.  
  • In addition to this $5,500 contribution room, you can use any of your unused TFSA contribution room from the previous year.
  • If you withdrew funds from your TFSA last year, you can re-contribute the amount this year without impacting your 2018 contribution room.

Statistics Canada February Newsletter 

Inside the February edition:
  • Provincial data on Health, Economy and Justice 
  • Infographic: Opioid awareness in Canada
  • Statistics Canada’s Workshop series
  • St. Valentine’s Day... by the numbers


Staples Park Royal celebrates International Women's Day with offer to women entrepreneurs & business leaders


"Staples is excited to promote International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 this year from 10am to 2pm as part of our tradition of supporting women entrepreneurs in our local communities across Canada.  We have opportunities available for women entrepreneurs and business leaders who are interested in interacting with our customers (75% business clientele, our demographic is skewed toward women) on this day by promoting their business, telling their story, and networking.  

This is an informal event and no public speaking is required, it is a great opportunity to connect one on one with potential customers, and hopefully to inspire other women.  Staples will be promoting this event in media and with aggressive sales promotions, so we expect an increased amount of traffic during the event, 10am to 2pm. We also have a limited budget for helping to print promotional materials to hand out."
Joel Mills, General Manager, Staples West Vancouver.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Joel Mills for details.
Chamber members:
Staples Park Royal will be offering 10% off purchases during that time for business customers, as well as $30 off print services jobs that are $75 or more.  

CRA offers free Webinar on Enhancement of Canada Pension Plan for Employers

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is hosting  a free webinar on the enhancement of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). It is part of a series answering your payroll questions and helping you meet your deducting, remitting, and reporting requirements. Register for this webinar if you are one of the following:

•an employer 
•a worker
•someone interested in learning more about the enhancement of the CPP

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 REGISTER/INFO


Canadian Chamber offers update on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

"The federal government released the text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), coming on the heels of negotiations concluding last month. The CPTPP text largely affirms the same provisions that were contained in the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In light of the US withdrawal from the TPP, a number of TPP provisions were suspended in CPTPP, most notably around intellectual property. The agreement will be signed on March 8, 2018, during a meeting of CPTPP trade ministers in Chile...." READ THE FULL ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT HERE


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West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating 65 years serving our business community 

The West Vancouver Chamber is one of the largest not for profit business organization in West Vancouver. Its members include individuals working in all aspects of the business industry.

We hope you will JOIN US! ... and network with our local business community, attend events, receive discounts, display your collateral in our office, have a Member Profile included in this newsletter with a link to your website and much more. 



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